Sunday 11 December 2016

Aer Lingus is a unique asset - and we should not take a decision to sell it lightly

Mike Lavery

Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30

Cartoon - Aer Lingus
Cartoon - Aer Lingus

For almost 80 years, the green Shamrock of Aer Lingus has been a source of Irish pride and a key enabler of "brand Ireland."

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Since 1936, when its first flimsy De Havilland Rapide took to the skies from what is now Dublin Airport, the airline has been an instantly internationally recognisable symbol of a nation, which at the time was isolated -economically, and politically - for the duration of World War Two and for years afterwards.

How do you put a price on such an asset?

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